When travelling abroad, your pet could be at risk of developing a disease that we don’t have in the UK.
For that reason, we have put together some information so you can educate yourself about the conditions your pet could be susceptible to.
At The Neighbourhood Vet we strongly recommend that you speak with a member of our team before taking your pet abroad so that they can inform you of any additional precautions you should take.
Heartworm is most prevalent in Spain, Italy, Southern France and the Mediterranean. Heartworm larvae (baby worms) are transmitted to dogs via mosquito bites and will make their way to your pet’s heart where they will grow into adult worms.
If untreated, heartworm can cause heart failure.
Killing an adult heartworm can be life threatening to your pet, so it is essential that treatment to kill the larvae is administered. If your pet has travelled abroad before they MUST be tested for heartworm before medication is administered.
The most popular treatments for Heartworm include:
- Stronghold or Advocate spot on treatment – this is administered every 4 weeks from the beginning of your holiday until at least 4 weeks after your return
- Milbemax worming tablets – this is administered every 4 weeks from 2 weeks into your holiday until at least 4 weeks after your return
Leishmaniasis is an incurable wasting disease that is spread by sand-flies. Sand-flies are most commonly found in Mediterranean countries and between May and September (sand-fly season) your dog could be bitten up to 100 times per hour.
- Avoid areas that are known for sand-flies when they are most active; dawn and dusk
- Use a ‘Scalibor protector collar’ – this is like a flea collar but contains a different drug which repels ticks and sand-flies for up to 6 months
- Use ‘Advantix’ spot on treatment every 4 weeks which repels ticks and sand-flies
There are a number of serious diseases which are spread by tick bites. These include: Babesiosis, Monocytic Ehrlichiosis, Granulocytic Anaplasmosis and Borreliosis. It is therefore extremely important that you prevent ticks from biting your pet. You can do this by:
- Using Advantix spot on monthly, PLUS Milbemax tablets from 2 weeks into your holiday, every 4 weeks until at least a month after your return
- Using a Scalibor protector collar PLUS Advocate monthly
For further information about travelling with your pet please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of friendly, professional nurses have a wealth of experience when it comes to advising pet owners about travelling safely with their companions.